Sustainable Blewbury in 2016

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Community Action Group, Sustainable Blewbury, had a busy year in 2016! Here is just a glimpse of what the group got up to.

The Mike Edmunds Community Orchard kicked into action on Tickers Folly Field, they continued with Hedge-laying for the third winter, and used their apple-juicing equipment to make a huge amount of juice, much of it from apples that would have gone to waste. The weekly Blewbury Garden Market had a good year, selling surplus produce, preserves, home-made bread and cakes. The Woodway Permaculture Orchard Garden had a good yield and The Energy Initiative thermally imaged 20 houses.

There were also events held such as a willow-weaving workshop, and in June they were at the Blewbury Family Fun Day.

They held four talks in 2016: Rose Somerset told the story of the local landscape – the North Wessex Downs AONB. Richard Roslyn talked about and illustrated the beauty of trees. Graham Scholey talked about the ecology and conservation of otters, and Marianne Suhr shared her expertise on how to sustainably insulate old houses. Profits from ticket sales from the first two were donated to the Village Hall Refurbishment; from the third to WaterAid and from the fourth to Blewbury Pre-school.

Visit their website for more information on activities coming up and ways to get involved.


Sustainable Blewbury continue to welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury, please contact:

In particular, they are looking for someone who can help with publicity and the website. If you are interested, please contact